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AN IDOL OF CLAY.
What dii Mi (Ire for her wedding-ring-?
All that a wckimd mar!
Whait did the clta to the slrtr hrlnxT
Only an Idol of clay.
Alt h inert dream of her girlhood
All that a heart could hold:
All of hr hope and all of h- fears;
Alt of her smiles and alt of her trars,
rot one little circle of a-ohl.
Told ht T,t world of the hitter citt1
Ah. nil With a mUlr.c face
in clj'.hat krr Idol from head to feet
WKk he t-armerrt of her arace.
Ant no on knew of the tear ahe wept:
Ittr frltfa thejr were never jruetsed.
For hid In her hrart of hearts s-he kept
Her thorna of woe. And la ahe alert
With her handa across her breast.
-Nixon Waterman. In L. A. W. tlullettn.
(Copyright, itgj. by D. Appleton & Co,
All rights reserved.)
Walking down the Via Sun Dominico, 1
turnel to the right liy the ISoi-rci iti San
Vito, and here I va n-cnenitcd and liootcd.
Pressing hurriedly lot wards, and aided op
portunely by the wi;e of a body of men
at arms, coming through the atrcct in a di
rection opiKMitc to that of my follower, I
succeeded in shaking off my tormentors,
ind turning again to the right up a narrow
trect, entered a barber' ehop to have my
bean removed in ontcr to disguisa myself
aa far at possible. The barber, a fumy little
fellow, placed before mea mirror of polished
teel, and as he set to work stropping a
razor on .the palm of his hand, I removed
my cap, and for the first time observed that
the hair of my head was thickly streaked
"Your excellency has doubtless come to
Join the army," said the barber, in n tone
of inquiry, as he drew his razor across my
"Ah, yes, yes; 1 have just come," I replied,
and the little man went on:
"There have been great doings to-day.
Tia said the duke has ordered the Count di
Eavelli to be executed for having in his pos
session a favor of madamc They say the
count stole it, but we know better, don't
we, your excellency-?" and the little fool
chuckled to himself. He went on without
waiting for an answer. "Ah, yea; thcladies
can never resist us soldiers. I may tell you
that I served with Don Carlo llagiioni, and
can lar my pike there now, I think that
aide is dean shaven as I whs saying before.
it was bard on the Marquis di Savelli, a gal
font noWc whom 1 frequently saw pardon.
four excellency, it is but n scratch after all
had you not moved so suddenly, still only
a scratch, nothing lor a soldier, the Mar
qui di 8aclli. as I said, was a regular cus
toiner of mine, and he had n lovely head of
hair, your excellency. It was not so much
before I took htm in hand. Ecco! but in a
month you should have seen! He came in
here in liia free, easy way, and flung me ten
crowns. 'Day n ribbon for Madonna Giulia
with that, Mcsscr Pazzi says he; 'and
harkee, send me over six more bottles of
your elixir of Sst. bjmmnclius. Maldcttol
he exclaimed, twisting his curls Iwtwccn his
fingers, 'but she adores me now. Now
who, I aay, could ahe have been but tchick?
Ijiarolo? it is done: never a cleaner "have in
Rome itself. If your excellency's fortune
grows as well as your hair, I could wish you
bo. better luck.
1 rose in silence, and, flinging him A crown,
bade him pay himself, and, receiving my
change, hurried out, declining all Messcr
Paxzi'a entreaties to bear with me a bottle of
his precious elixir of St. Symmachus or any
other accursed balsam. I saw at a glance
that the removal of my beard caused a con
sldersble alteration in my appearance, and
Imagined if I could but change my attire my
rnost intimate friends would not know me
unless they observed closely; and even then
might perhap fail to recognize me. This
new, aa it turned out, was not quite cor
rect, and I bad yet to learn how difficult a
thing it is to arrange a complete disguise,
A few doors further on I laid out some of
nr money in the purchase of a atout leather
buff coat, a long, dark mantle, and a cap to
match, lbe cap was ornanuntcu with a
single black feather: and when I had donned
these garments I felt tint, wrapped in the
Cloak, .with the cap pulled well over my eyes,
and the feather standing defiantly out to the
side, I wanted but a fathom of sword
to make myself aa ruffianly-looking a bravo
as ever trod the purlieus ol Naples or Home.
But the sword was some diUiculty, for my
crowns had dwindled to 10. Fortunately I
bad on my finger a sapphire ring, and this I
pledged for 20 crowns, and made my way to
the armorer s. 1 there selected a strong.
straight wespon, with a plain cross handle
and a cutting blade, such aa would be useful
(or rough work, and, after some haggling,
cot it for ten pieces. The armorer assured
roe that it waa a sound blade, and I may say
It did roe good service. It now hanirs in mv
bedchamber, a little chipped, it is true, but
as' bright and a fit for use a the day I paid
for it, with a heavy heart, in Don I'icro's
hop, near the gate of St. I-awrence in
I began now to feel the want of food, for
beyond the cup of Chianti brought to me
by the under officer I had tasted nothing
Since yesterday evening, and therefore step
ping into an ordinary called for a llagon of
wine and a pasty. Whilst engaged in as
saulting these, half a dozen men, whom I
recognized aa belonging to the garrison, en
tered the hostel, but to my joy I caw I wss
not known to them, and after a casual glance
at me they fell to eating their meal.
I was. however, perforce compelled to lis
ten to their conversation, which waa carried
on in the loud tone men of their class affect,
and found to my annoyance that they were
discussing me, and the events of the day,
In order to escape this I wosubout to rise,
when I heard one of them mention D'En
trangue' name, and (topped to listen.
"lie baa left for Florence, and, it l said.
intend to offer bis sword to the Signorr.1
"And the other t"
"Heaven knows! Perbapa Draccio'a arm
baa reached him, poor devil I"
"Well, h was a good soldier and a stout
"Pasta I" said th first speaker. "What
i a llttl lightness of finger matter?
Play it in a small way, you're a thief, and
food for Messer liraccio, curse him I Play
H' on' a big scale and you're a prince, I for
mm don't think the let of Di Savclli because
perhap hi band at cards waa always too
good, ad be made that little error In the
rtitUr of the ruble. A gentleman Is some
time driven to hard straits. I was,a gen
tleman once and ought to know. I give you
a toast Here' to a long sword and a light
Tby toidc with UmatioD, aad then
set to a-dicing. I had, however, heard
enough, and settling my account with the
host, stepped forth into the street, intend
ing to depart from the town by tho Porta
Kr. rpirito or Unman gate, leaving tlin
ramp over my shoulder, and to make my way
to Florence a soon as iiossitilc. There I
would meet D'lCntrangucs, and kill him like
a mad dog. I ground my teeth with rage
when I thought I had no horse, nor even
the menu to purchase one, and must trudge
it like any contndino. Hut, if I Indtocrnwl
on my hands and knees, I waa determined to
reach Florence and I) hntrangucs.
It was, however, not yet sundown, and my
Idea was to leave the city when it was well
dusk to n mil All oMible chance of recogni
tion. I meant to have passed the interval
in the inn; but, as I felt thi was impos
sible, it was iicccMary to find another spot
where I could lay In quiet. With this end
i'.i view I crossed the Piazza di 1kIh in an
easterly direction, and uent on until I
rnme to the Franciscan church, into which
I entered, not I nm.sorry to say, with any
dotiro for devotion, but merely because 1
was loss likely to be disturbed there than
anywhere else I could imagine. I was right,
In so far that on entering the church I found
it, rfs I thought, empty, but on looking round
I saw beneath the newly-completed wheel
window, the work of (Juillaumo tie Mar
seille, a kneeling figure, opparcntly absorbed
in prayer. I had approached quite close be
fore I became, aware that I was not alone,
and was about to turn away, when, perhaps
slurtlcd by the sound of my footfalls on the
marble tuivrmeiit, the person rose hurriedly
and looked towards me. It nosMme. D'Kn
trangue. licr glance met mine for a sec
ond as that of a stranger, but ns I wan tinn
ing nway sonic trick of gesture, or perlmpi
the hot nngcr in my eyes, told her who I wn,
for, calling ray name, she came towards me
with outstretched hands.
"Di Savclli," she said, for I made no ad
vance, "do sou not know me?"
"Madame," I IkjwchI, "I am unfit to touch
"Xo, no a thousand times nol It is I
who am unworthy."
I st II remained silent, and she asked,
villi a passionate emphasis:
"Man, you have never sinned?"
Iho words struck mo like a shot. I felt
in n moment I had no right to stand in
"tiod knows," I replied, "I have, and 1
have been punished."
With that she took hold of my hand, and
then suddenly burst into tears, nreping
over me with words I cannot repeat. It was
not for me to fling reproaches, and I softened
and did what I could to ap;eac her.
"1 could not help it," she said; "I was not
strong enough to sjeak or to let you speak.
Ob, you tin not know hat such a thing is to
"Let it pass, madamc. What is dead it
"I cannot. And yet, what can I do?" Her
tear began afresh.
In a little time she grew better, and I
seized the opportunity to point out the dan
ger she ran of being seen speaking to ine,
and suggested that she should make her way
home. It was miossible to escort her my
self, but would I walk n little way liehmd,
keep her in sight, and sec she came to no
harm. I urged this nil the more as I kiw it
as growing late, and that she was without
any attendants and far from the ramp.
"You mistake," she said; "I have not far
to go. In fact, I am nt present the guest
of tlie ton vent here."
"And" I did not finish the sentence,
but she understood. I had forced myself to
aik, to bear, if tossiUe, confirmation of
"He," she answered "he has left the
army and gone towards Florence."
"I stay here for the present."
Her tone more than her words convinced
me that she had been abandoned by D'Kn
tmngues, and it added another mark to my
score against lum.
"Why should I not tell rou!" she con
linued. "After, when it was all over, the
duke struck hi name off the army, anil bu
left in an hour. Uefore be went, he came
and told me all, laughing at your rain. I did
not know man could be so vile. Rod help me
it is my husband I speak of I lie oITcrcd
to take me with him, but I refused; and he
left, mocking like a devil, with words I can
r.ni reiieat. lie was not done Willi you or
nilli me, he said, as be went. 1 came here
at once, and perhaps when Mme. de la Tre-
mouille return to t ranco I shall be enabled
to go with her in her train."
"Excuse my asking it," I said, "but have
"Oh, yes," she smiled, sadly, "it is not that
in nny way."
At this moment I looked up and saw that
it waa sunset. Through the wheel window
the orange beams streamed in a long banner,
and lit up the figure of the saint above us.
Ihe rays I . on madames pale face, and
touched with fire the gold of her hair. We
stood before each other in a dead silence,
"Good-by," I said, extending my hand.
Bhc placed her own in it and our eyes met.
It wasamomentofdarigertoboth. Leper
as i was, i bad but to lift my band, but tu
say a word, unci here was one who would
hac followed me like a dog. I felt her
weakness in her look, in tho touch of her
hand, which shivered as it lay in mine like a
captive bird. At once a fire leapt up within
me. I had lost everything. Why not
throw revenge after my losses, and with her
by my side seek a new fortune with n new
nume? I lie drand Turk needed soldiers.
and what mattered it whether it was cross
or crcsceut that I served?
Hut the woman became strong as I crew
"Uot" ahe said, faintly.
I dropped her hand. and. turninc without
a word, strode down the aisle. As I reached
the church door the bell of the Aneclui
rung out, and yielding to a sudden imnulne
I looked back.
Madame was on her knees before the saint.
A FOOL'B CAP AND A BORE
I was not w dense aa to fail to urasi) the
extent of the cril I had escaped, or to fully
realize tho evil strength ol tho temptation,
which came upon me as suddenly as n sneeze.
It is rare in matters of this kind for wicked
thought to bo of alow growth: they Miring
at once to life, full-armed. I thanked (Jul
in my heart Ilia t I was ablo to sweep aside
tho base desiie, which covered my soul like
a black cloud, and refrained from taking ad
vantage of madamc' momentary weakness.
l could not but see I waa to blame myteli.
i, tho elder and the stronger, should havo
foreseen the probable consequence of a
friendship such aa our, and my sorrow for
her wa mixed with tho deepest regret for
my part in the transaction. I banished all
idea of attacking D'Eiitrangiies through hi
wife, wondering at tho littleness of spirit
which bad ever conceived such u thought.
If it were possible, 1 wuuld have kicked my
self. Perhaps such victory a 1 gained over
my heart Ma due to the secret surinx of
my vanity being touched, to tho fear of the
lots of my self rcsiect, and this, iiilngliiie
nun my pity ami regret, gave me the
strength to win at the moment of tempta
tion. It is dillicult to tell; I have Hied long
rnough in the world to know that the mys
teries ol tue heart will remain veiled to tho
end. Occasionally we nuy lift the rurtaln
a little, but more no man has done.
What hapienrd, 'ion ever, explained clear
ly to mo the motive for U r.ntraninic ion
duct. He, nt nny inte, must have r-ecn, long
lcforc either of us. how annus stood with
the wife hoc life ho rinliltletrd, but he
mndc no effort to save her, contenting him
self with striking an assassin a blow, whic
bad taken from him the last shred of lo-
sicct madaine may have felt for him, an
which had in Ikirt recoiled on his own heat
lie tlila as it mav, his stroke was successful
in tlmt to all intents and purpose it had
utterly Masted me. I was worse than item
It nas no ordinary revenge. In those
troublous times, n blow from a dagger coul
have easily rid him from a wife of v lion
he was sick, or n man whom he hated, nm
no nno wmilil have thrown the matter in I
teeth. Hut with dcilih cruelty, he in
fueled wounds which could never heal, am
left his victims to lire. It was Impossible- to
lilt sued n man hack, in a way to make bin
leel to the utmost extent the agony lie ha
administered: the only thins was to tak
fiom him his worthless life: this he doubt
less valued most c.f nil thing, and I meant
to deprive lum of ft, If he stood at the nlta
of Christ. .Moved by such thoughts, am!
with my cloak dninn well over the lowe
virt of my face, I hastened towards the
Roman gate, reaching it just as it nas to !
cIohsI for the night. In fact, as I nassct
cut, the huge doors came together lcliind me
with a groaning, and at the same time
Heard trie null boom of the evening gun
It am the cimp, followed immediately br th'
distant peals of the trumpets of tho cavalry
As the crow flies, Florence was but n few
league distant; but I obviously would hav
to journey by side iwiths, over hill an.
across valley to avoid observation, and tin
would occupy at least two dajs, unless my
travels were iwrmanently stopeil by my
ticing cut oil by a privateering party from
the camp, or by any other untoward acci
dent. ?kritlicr contingency was unlikeh
lor the writ of the king ran Ivircly .1 league
from the army, ami the country was full n!
In this mind I pressed on, intending to
lie at Uiicme for the night, or, if no Iictter
accommodation offered, to sleep ks a sol
dicr should, wrapped in my cloak, with the
sky for a roof. As I went on, I found I was
rely ing a little too much on my knowledge
ol the road, and n blue mist, which rose
from the ground, made it iinmssible to pick
my way by landmarks, l be moon, come
out by this time, shone fitfully through the
lank of clouds, which was shifting uneasily
overhead, and I lie wind, ruing steadily
marked riin. I stirred myself all the faster.
for I was in no mind to add a wetting to my
misfortunes, and a drop or two of rain that
caught me showed I bad but little leisure to
lose. I made out a narrow cattle track, and
TJTSLI T-' i ir -
MI wu not lUur snoueb to spssk or 1st you
hurricd along this; but before I covered n
mile the moon was obscured, and the wind
dropicd. It now began to rain, and the
darkness was no thick, that I could only-
just follow the road. rVon the track died
away iuto nothing, and I found myself lloun
denng, over my ankles in mud, and up to
the waist in wet rushes. At any moment 1
might strike a quicksand, with which these
marshes abound, so I used my sword as a
scarch-iiole, stepping only where I found
foothold, a dozen inches or so below the
surface of the bog. In this perplexity, n
agino my relief to see the blaze of a fire
shoot up beyond a small rising ground before
me, and throw nn arc of light into the dark
ncss, agaiiut which the falling rain glittered
like lino wire of silver. I shouted aloud
and to my joy got an answer.
"Who is there? What is the matter?"
"A traieler," I replied, "who has lost his
way in this cursed swamp. Whoever J on
nrr, you will make a friend and find a re
ward if you lead me out of this."
"Come straight on, there is no danger be
yond getting your feet wet."
"They arc that already," I answered, and
prosed on, having absolutely to force my
way through the wet rushes, which wound
UicuixlveH nround me impeding my progress
terribly. Moreover, so sticky was the slime
below that I thought every moment it would
pull the boots olf my feet, (struggling in
this manner for u hundred yards or more,
guided by tho lire, and an occasional shout
from my unknown friend, I at last touched
hard ground, and with a "Thank heaven!"
got nut of the swamp, and found myself at
the foot of tho hillock, behind which the
fire was blazing.
"Which way to Ilucinc?" I called out.
"Are you out of tho swamp?"
"Then come round the shoulder of the
hill to your right, and follow your nose.
You will find shelter here, iiucinoyou could
never reach to-night, ami a dog should not
be out in this weather."
'True, friend, I muttered, and with a
loud "thanks" to tho apparently hospitable
unknown, I followed Ins directions, and,
rounding tho hillock, saw before me, splut
tering in tho rain, n lingo lire of pine logs.
at the entrance to it hut of the rudest de
scription. Inside, I perceived a sitting fig
ure, over which the light from the hie alter
nately east a glare and then left it in dark
ness. I made my way to the oien door,
which hung back on binges of rope, and en
tered without further ceremony.
' Humph! snorted my host, without mov
ing from hi position. "I said it was no
night for a dog to be out, I did not say an; -
tiling ol a won.
Ihi change of tone wai nol so surpris
ing, for, dripping wet. covered with mud.
and white with futigue, my gvuerul appear
unco was but littlo calculated to reassure
anyone. Yet, us I hung my cloak on a
rough wooden peg which caught my eye. I
could nut help laughing In mockery a I an-
"WoUl', friend, come to wolves' lairs."
Ho took nu notice of my remark: but.
I minting to n henp of rushes opposito to
dm, said : "Sit down there." He then rose,
and went toward tliu file with an unlit torch
in hi hand, ThUBaveineomeopiortunit
i,l observing him. 1 saw he wu of spare,
but clastic figure. His head wu bare, and
hi wbito hair hung in matted lock over
Iran .ieck to hi shoulder. M Ore wat
fantastic and entirely out of place to hu
surrounding. It consisted of a tight-fitting
jerkin of parti-colored velvet, with puffed
mcccnes to match, pulled over thick black
hose. On hi fret rre the ordinary san
dals of tho peasantry, and, aa he stopix-d tc
light tho torch wood, I saw his face nai
seamed with wrinkles and that his lip
moved rapidly, a if he wss speaking, a
though no sound issued from them. He did
not delay nltout his business; but hastened
in, ami, sticking a torch in n hole In tin
floor between us, resumed hi Mat, and said,
"U-tmo look at rou?"
Apparently hi scrutiny waa satisfactory,
and i did nothing to interrupt lum.
"No. All that I ask la to lie allowed to
rest here till to-morrow.
"That is well, for 1 have no food to offer
you; but here is some wine in this skin.
He reached to a corner and pulled out
email wine skin. This he placed before me
with the single word "drink. .
"Xo, thanks." The whole manner and as
pect of the man were so eculiar, that, a!
though 1 was much fatigued, 1 Judged il
prudent to decline. His quick eye seemed
to read my thoughts, for ho laughed a little
bitterly as he said!
tusn, mani I here is no lear. loulx-n
too long n sword to hare a nurse worth tli
picking, and you aro not supping," a look
ol hate pasted over his features as he
dropiied out slowly, "with the Ilonria. Per.
I will give you n toast Revenge." He took
n pull at the skin and flung it to mr.
"I drink to that," I said, tasting the wine
in my turn. Here then was another who,
like mr, sought fur consolation in ven
to nc coNTiNnm.
HONOR ABOVE GOLD.
A StrlUInc Inrlilrnt Which Aptly II-
Instrntcs the l-'rrneh
SpenkiiiR of French tmlltlcs. I hrnrd
a most extraordinary story of another
strnut;e secret of cotiteinixiriiry life,
Some yenrs no one might see in u res
tnurunt nt night, illuming domino
quietly or comerslng in tranquil tones.
n gentle-man named I.evy. lie vta
inn n who knew more of the secret his
tory of the courts of Kurnpe than any
man of lil time. To get a full ncromit
of his personality nnd history ton must
spend an ctenlng vtith "Joe" Lyons, the
owner of the Trocndcro and n score of
other restaurants, one of the most bril
linnt recontctirs ns well as one of the
lx-st fellow in nil London. Mr. I.evy
ivnta pritnteilctectivc.emplojcd when
cter n task of extreme delicacy nnd
enormous Importance wna nn hand.
Ho wns retained by the Ikmk of Eng
land, among other Institutions, nnd I
have liennl that hit (-enters were es
teemed so valuable that he cot the mn
nlllcent salary of 10,000 n year from
Well, Just after the tlo-Mtfall of Ihe
Commune, Mr. Levy wax minuted with
one of the most delicate and I might
say terrible, missions in his life. There.
were several communist refugee In
London. Levy tracked them out.
man of his word, without enthusiasm.
acquainted with nil the seamy side of
life and of men, he yet luul aliroad, sym
pathetic Imagination; nnd he tin as
tounded by the picture he found in the
miserable den if I remember rightly
It wasn stable In which he dlscoirrcd
the objects of his search. These men.
who but a few week before had the
government nnd the revenue of the
great city of Tarla at their command.
were engaged In makln-r n wretched
bowl of soup, which w to lie. the one
mcnl nnd the one meal of them nil
for 21 lioura. Not one penny had stuck
to their palma of nil the million that
were at their mercyl "These men may
lie? madmen," ho sold to n friend to
whom he told the sslory, "but, according
to their light, they nrc pfltriotaj"
His wonder grew ns they refused
Rcornfully to surrender some paper
which had fallen Into their jiossesslon,
Inplteof(lazzlingofrrr of gold, which
a ngentof the French government, h")
wna authorized to offer them. They
knew the horror nnd the terrible nnd
appalling Importnncn of the domestic
secret In the life of n great man of which
tuey held proof, but they decided to
keep tlus proofs until they thought It
right or wrong to publish the atory to
the world. And, though they refused
the gold, they never told the secret, nnd
France nnd hiirone were saved ontt ol
the most cruel nnd devastating acnii-
dais of our time. X. V. Herald.
Why the I.liclit Went (lot.
In front of tho high altar in the ca
thedral at Salzburg there la n irrcal
lamp that is supposed to burn "forevei
nuil a day. Ono morning, year ago,
vtondilpcrs were surprised to see It gc
out, nnd this wn repented1 morning
after morning, always about the same
time. It wns thought the attendant
hnd neglected to give It sufficient all,
nnd though he declared his Innocence
hnwiiHtnlil that he would be discharged
if the oversight were repented. Unw il
ling to ileal unjustly with the man. the
lean of the cathedral hid himself one
night to sea if lie could soltc the inva-
tcry. He had not long to wnlt. About
ten o'clock n big rat wns seen descend
ing the rope by which the lamp waa
suspended. Having reached the oil,
it fed freely and then went nway by th
wny It came. .Vcedlrwi Is It to aay that
the attendant held his place. Detroit
X Khnrp Itrlnrt,
It was nfter the publication of th
Lives of tho Poet" that Dr. Fnrr. be
Inff cngngrd to dine with Sir Joshua
Reynolds, mentioned that oa his way
mere ne una seen n clever caricature of
Dr. Johnson being flagged nround
Parnnssus by the nine mute. Tho ad
mirers of Gray and others, who thought
their fnvorltis harshly treated In tho
i.ivr," were laughing nt Fnrr ac
count, when Dr. Johnson wns tin-
r.ouneed. Sir Joshuu Introduced Dr.
Fnrr, ami to hi Infinite embarrassment
repented the story. Johnson turned to
arr and Mid: "sir, I nm very sfad to
ear this. I hope the day will nerrrar-
rive when I shall neither be the object
: ridicule nor calumny, for then I shall
be neglected and forgottea.Detrolt
THE SERIOUS CEREUS.
Mr. Imtth Thinks There Arr Times
Whan Thrr Amount to
"Nlght blsomlng cereuie are no joke,"
rttjmkrd Smith to hi partner a lie ar
rived at the otlire about M o'clock in tit
"Serioui things, I nippoie," remarked
fJmitli groaned. "Hrriout? Well, I should
y so. They arr a tragedy. Wr have one
in our family, and juit aa soon as I rsn per
snsde my wife to go down to her mother's
for a few days that hoodoo of a botanical
specimen goes In the ash barrel. For some
reason or other my wife derided that the
rereus was going to bloom 1st! night It hat
threatened l.t bloom so many times and then
backed out at the last minute that nobody
but a woman would have any more faith In
it. Hut it wss a sure thing tins time and
Airs. Smith sent runners all over town to
summon our friends in to tee that iltitardly
thing burst into (lower; ceitain billed ta
blottom out st midnight. When 1 came
home Mrs. Smith said
" "Now, Henry. night-blooming cereui is
something you ilnn'l see in llowert more
than once in a century -or is it a tlioussr.d
years? Anyway it's aa awful long tun.
And I've invited the Jones and theCollintet
and the greens and
"Well, aliout to eoplc, half of 'em living
seven miles out on the North side. I hsd sr
ranged to meet a msn st the dub, but I tele
phoned him I wouldn't be there. Then the
caterers rime and they turned the hour into
an ice cream parlor All my papers ami
books and fishing rod and guns were car
ried out of tire studr ti clear a suitable
place for that confounded cereut. It took
the center oi ine stage ami kepi it, ana as isr
at I am ronrerned I wuh botany wss at the
bottom of the tea. The layout rott me UO
beside losing in the melee a deed to ten
lots in I-.nglcwood,
"Well, but the cereut?" queried llrown.
'-Oh. im. hsntf it. Ilin lliinif didn't liloom.
Flunked" for the twenty fifth tine!" Chi-
etgo Inter Ocran.
With time, cornea progress and ad
vancement In all line of successfully
conducted rntcrpriirs. Success cornea
to those only who have goods with
aupeilor merit and a reputation. In
tht manufacture of laundry starch for
the last quarter of a century J. C. '
Hublnger has leen the peer of all ;
others and to-day is placing on the
market the finest laundry starch ever i
offered the public tinder our new and
-Ask your grocer for n coupon Itook
rhlch will enable you to get the first
two large 10 cent package of his new
starch. RKD CROSS, TRADK MARK
brand, also two of thr children's
Shakrspenrr pictures painted In twelve
beautiful colors as natural as llfr.nr thr
rwenuctii century uiri calendar, all
All grocers arc authorized to give ten
!srge packages of RKD I'ROSS STARCH,
with twenty of the Shakespeare pic
tures or ten of the Twentieth Century
Girl Calendars, to the first five purchas
ers of the Lndlrss Starch ( hnin Itook.
This I one of the grandest offers ever
made to introduce the RKD CROSS
laundry starch, J. C. llubingcr's latest
lie tried la Llis rn. mlffi " tai.1 lli
wia he succeed: queried the court.
"Five dollars' fine!" thundered the
court, turning to the prisoner. "He more
careful next time." Philadelphia North
"I cannot understand it lingusge." said
the despairing Frenrhmsn. "I know how
to pronounce ze word 'hydrophobia,' and
sen I learn zat ze doctors sometimes pro
nounce it fatal." N. O. Times-Democrst.
'Do you know snythinr that will make
stout, doctor?" "Vhy, certainly- I
I sVSs4ll ,
Thlt hsndioms skirt la msds of Has
17 . i.i. . Ki'
Noiwilhilaodiof lbs modssteoit gI this
snaps t siy iitnif lilmmra wiin wick
iiliodicf lbs modest cost el Uilt
prlco Is only
5 value. To be
ft, among our
means to bo
HNHk the centers
OUR MAMMOTH CATALOGUE
In which is listed at lowest wholesale prices everything to
eat, wear and use, is furnished on receipt of only 10c. to
partly pay postage or expressage, and as evidence of good
faith the 10c. is allowed on first purchase amounting to
$1.00 or above.
"Necessity is the
Mother of Invention."
Il 3as ihe necessity for a rtlUUe
Hood rtnlfitf nd ionic iht trough!
Mo existence Hood's SAtstptrilt. It
It a highly conctnirAitdtxttActprtpArtd
by a comblnAtlon, proportion And prcc
ess peculUr to Itself And giving lo
Hood's SArsApAtltU unequAUed curA
live power. Remember
Tl TI I II Pi 1 1 in r
ONE WIFE SURELY ENOUGH.
Whr MonoRRitlf Has Come lo lie I ha
Prrtalllntr Matrimonial I'rla
clple In This Country.
Mirglirrita Arlina Hamm, the well-known
traveler and author, called when in China
upon the wife, or rather the wivrs, of a
grrat mandarin. Her visit partook of th
nature of a festival, to hovel nas the ex
erience to the Chinese women, whote live
are pawed almost entirely within Ihrwalli
of their yamen. They examined he r cloth,
ing, and were partly pleated and paitly as
tonished at it. They were shocked by her
iho', and especially by the fart that her
feet were nol confined by bindings.
Finally one nt them said, through the in
terpreter. "You rati walk and run jutt as
well as a nun?"
"Can you ride a onjr at well a a man?"
"Then you mutt Le at lining at mott
"Yet, 1 think I am."
"You wouldn't let a man beat you, not
even your husband, would lou! '
"Not at all."
The Chinese woman paused, laughed, and
then said. "Now I underttsnd why foreign
ers nrter take more than one wife. Ihey ar
afraid to."-Philadelphia I'ott.
Which Was thr lllanmlst.
A pmininrnt resident of Chicago spending
his summer holidays In thr ratlern prov
inces dedicated to the memory of tie fa
mous men and women who funned them
selves into the philosophic workers and
diramers of llrook Farm encountered in
the residence of P.mcrsoii two other promi
nent residents of thr city on l-ake Mirhi-
f;an, Iwtli of thrm judges of note and both
iving ou the West tide. The two jurists
weir srroinpanird by three attractive ladle
unknown to thr solitary prominent resident
who first claimed attention, and after an
interval of etrlamation and greeting one of
thr judges turned and with a sweeping ges
ture Introduced thr ladies "Mr. Dash,
thtte are our w ivet " 1'hiejgo Chronicle.
Teacher--"What do you know alout
Jonah?" Stbolar- "He wss the lint man
to take a. trip In the virimty of the oil re
gion." Yonkers Statesman.
Money talka and poerty has a way of
e'ling ( hug) Dai.y Nrws.
covered with pimple?
rouen and blotchy? It's v
our liver I
Aver' Pills ire liver pills. They
cure constipation, biliousness, and
aytpepiia. sc. All arugeist.
VtftQI yosr riwHiiUfh or r a bnuiiU
Mawn or tlrh bUrkf Tfcsn Ms
BUCKINGHAM'S DYE ail'-V.
Vf t fj i
AND WINTER SKIRT.
aaalltv l wosl turns sera In lbs new ftiS-
salia liom stsiti. In Isncr dssim ts IIIuiiisIm,
ft: Jtr et fitlilon, nons of In essential
feints thai to to mat
UP strictly BuKlns
i iioin wain, in imcr dti(n at uilnlrd.
tUt iir or r..i.i. .ti .... '.i.i
sin lists psrn onilllsd
high gratis psrcalina sad
s u b I a n 1 1 I Inl.i llslnf
hound with beat walsr
proof JilnJInj, mads siib
und.r bot plait and patant
snspfattentra In th. back
lo pi event spreading epa
bound leimt. 1 ha accom-
tsniini Illustration haslnf
ren niad from o photo
graph ot lh. skirt) atrn
lately portrata Iht graceful
ness ol each fold and lint
and gives a clear concep
tion of th war il will liana;
when worn. This is a bar
gala of unutual interest lo
.very ladr who dralret
some-thing not too ctpeir
tivo. al lh. asms llm. pos
sessing litis uil lo inoi
costly garments and quality
that is wonderfully aerr
Icoabls. Colors sis nsvy
blus or black. Slirti
Waist, it to y Inchstt
length, 39 to 4 Inch.!,
Larger aiiea so par csnl